Dallas lawyer selected for ABA award

Kim J. Askew, partner in K&L Gates in Dallas, was recently named as the recipient of a 2015 Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. Askew, one of four winners, will receive the award during a Feb. 7, 2015, ceremony at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Houston.

The Spirit of Excellence Award is presented to lawyers who excel in their professional settings; personify excellence on the national, state, or local level; and demonstrate a commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.

Askew, the 2003-2004 chair of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, specializes in complex commercial and employment litigation. She is a longtime leader in the State Bar, ABA, and Dallas Bar Association.

Attorney and civil rights activist Adelfa Callejo dies

Adelfa Callejo—the first Latina to graduate from Southern Methodist University School of Law—died Saturday morning from brain cancer. She was 90 years old.

One of the first Latinas nationwide to receive a law degree, Callejo represented the disadvantaged as an acclaimed civil rights lawyer. At the law firm of Callejo and Callejo, where she practiced for about 40 years, she advocated for immigrant rights and access to quality education for Dallas children. Callejo’s determination and strength shined as she fought through three previous bouts with cancer. 

Among her numerous accomplishments, Callejo served as regional president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, a director of the State Bar of Texas, and co-founder and past president of the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas. She lived to experience the naming of a school in her honor, the Adelfa Botello Callejo Elementary School in southeastern Dallas, which opened in the fall of 2012.

Memorial arrangements are pending. 

Dallas Lawyer Danny Tobey Debuts Thriller

The Faculty Club coverDallas lawyer Danny Tobey always wanted to be a writer, and with the publication of his debut thriller, The Faculty Club, he's more than achieved that goal. In fact, his publisher, Simon & Schuster, already has him lined up for two more books, the next being a medical thriller. The medical angle should be a natural fit for Tobey, a Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. associate whose practice focuses on commercial litigation, including representing the health care community and pharmaceutical companies (he also attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center). Tobey is featured in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about his debut novel, The Faculty Club, which he wrote while still in school. The book takes place at a prestigious Ivy League law school (not coincidentally, Tobey graduated from Yale Law School) and draws the reader into an elite and mysterious club that promises its members success and fame but also holds dark and ancient secrets (read an excerpt). 

Scumbag Billionaire: Dallas legal pros entertain, for a cause

"Scumbag Billionaire" is the title of the 24th Bar None variety show, where Dallas-area attorneys, judges, paralegals, and other legal professionals prove each year that the legal profession has plenty of humor and creative talent.

This year's show runs June 17-20 at the Greer Garson Theatre on the SMU campus. All proceeds benefit Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholarships at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, for which Bar None has raised more than $1.1 million over the years.

For tickets, visit BarNoneShow.com

Check out these videos of past Bar None performances: